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At Law Wise Professional Corporation we appreciate the fact that retaining a lawyer can be an unfamiliar experience for some. Many of our clients have never had to retain a litigation lawyer before they retained us. As such, we encourage all our prospective clients to inquire into our firm’s billing practices prior to becoming our client to determine if Law Wise Professional Corporation is a good fit for you.

Below are various billing structures that have worked for many of our clients in the past and, depending on the nuances of your specific case, may work for you. We are here to make the experience of retaining a lawyer as stress-free as reasonably possible.

You can also learn more about our consultation process.

The most common and straightforward way to retain a lawyer is on an hourly fee basis. An hourly retainer agreement entails paying the law firm on the basis of the hourly rate of the individual who is assigned to perform various legal tasks during the lifetime of the file. You will not be billed for a dormant file or in between stages in the litigation process when there is no activity in the file, only if and when the lawyer and their support staff actually spend time doing work on the file. Our law firm is very strict about ensuring transparency in our billing practices and our docketed time will always be accompanied by a detailed statement of account setting out the actual work performed, the time spent in respect of the work, your individual trust account activity and the disbursements (expenses) that you may have incurred in the matter. To avoid surprises, we ensure to deliver up-to-date statements of account to the client every time a bill is generated on each billing cycle in accordance with our legal and professional obligations. Simply put, you will not be left “in the dark” with respect to what is going on with your file or what you are actually being billed for. Furthermore, the hourly retainer agreement arrangement will be presented to you in writing prior to our firm being retained to avoid future misunderstandings.

Although far less common than the hourly retainer agreement arrangement or the contingency fee retainer agreement arrangement, our firm may agree to provide certain legal services on a flat fee basis. This arrangement usually entails one particular task such as the preparation of an employment agreement, a workplace policy or anything else that is clearly definable and of a limited scope. This type of arrangement usually works best for our employer clients or individuals requiring a legal opinion letter or any such other similarly defined task. As with all other forms of retainers with our law firm, a flat fee agreement arrangement will be prepared and given to you in writing prior to our firm being retained.

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